I don't fear death; I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice. I am young and I want to live. But I say to those that would eliminate my voice: I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring.

— Malalai Joya

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They will kill me but they will not kill my voice, because it will be the voice of all Afghan women. You can cut the flower, but you cannot stop the coming of spring.

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Rights are not easy to obtain, and once we understand this, we must work attentively and persistently - and never become careless or lazy.

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Day by day, it's worse for my people, especially for the women.

And that's why, because of all of these main reasons, we say this is the mockery of democracy and mockery of War on Terror.

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I am never frightened when I tell the truth.

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Democracy never comes by the barrel of a gun, or by cluster bombs.

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If I should die, and you should choose to carry on my work, you are welcome to visit my grave. Pour some water on it and shout three times. I want to hear your voice.

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People who look the other way when they see these war criminals are smaller criminals themselves.

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People say the war in Iraq is a bad war, and the war in Afghanistan is a good war, but what's the difference between them? Democratic people around the world cannot accept that this is a good war. This is just endless war.

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In some big cities [in Pakistan] some women have access to a job and education - but the UN reported that more than 5 million girls cannot go to school. It's become an open secret. In some big cities they build schools to deceive people around the world, while the level of education remains very low, and even when they can go to school there is no security.

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